Regional Cultural Studies

Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Regional Cultural Studies

  • Host University

    Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Spanish Culture

  • Language Level

    Advanced

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    REQUIREMENTS:
    It is essential to have enrolled in SPN 3332 OR SPN 3333 and have a HIGH intermediate Low- advanced level of proficiency in Spanish.

    TEXTS:
    Photocopies and materials provided by the instructor.
    Internet sites.

    Make sure you set aside some money for trains, museum, and food fees.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    As a study abroad student some 15 years ago, I began a life-long love affair with Spain and its people. As a result, I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to being an ambassador of both Spanish and American culture here in Spain. It is my sincerest desire to transmit the passion, respect, desire and love I have for this wonderful country that has also become my patria.

    Therefore, this course will encompass the history, culture, and civilization of Spain and La Comunidad Valenciana. The basis of the course will be history from the pre-historic era to contemporary times. Although this is the focus, special attention is given to popular culture, social issues, and current events. We will explore folkloric and popular music, art, literature, cinema, bullfighting, sports, wines, legends and gastronomy, and traditions from all over Spain and La Comunidad Valenciana.

    In order to know a country is to live in it and know its people, for this reason it is essential to actively participate in all programs and activities planned by FSU SPAIN. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is recommended that you take advantage of your stay here, so that you may grow personally, and open your minds and souls beyond the borders of the United States.

    ATTENDANCE:

    1.) Class attendance is obligatory
    2.) No absences are permitted.
    3.) Obligatory attendance on the Madrid and Pyrenees Trips.
    4.) Coming to class drunk, hung over, or to take a nap results in an absence.
    5.) For every absence and instance of lateness, the student must explain his/her motives to the professor.
    6.) Each absence and instance of lateness affects the participation grade overall by 5% points. For example:

    In each circumstance (unexcused absence, tardiness, lack of participation) the professor reserves the right to lower the final grade of the student 5 percentage points:

    Example: 95%A ?(2 absences x 5): 95%-10%= 85% B

    CLASS RULES:
    1. NO FOOD OR COFFEE, TEA, AND SOFT DRINK IN THE CLASSROOM.
    2. BOTTLED WATER IS PERMITTED.
    3. NO HATS, HANDKERCHIEFS, OR BANDANAS TO BE WORN IN CLASS.
    4. NO WEARING OF FLIP FLOPS ON ALL CLASS EXCURSIONS.
    5. NO SPEAKING WHILE PROFESSOR OR A FELLOW COLLEAGUE IS SPEKAING.
    6. NO MAKE UPS OF QUIZZES, EXAMS, OR WORK UNLESS OFFICIAL MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION IS PRESENTED.
    7. MANDATORY ATTENDANCE ON Barcelona and Andalucia TRIPS.
    8. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE NOT OFFICIALLY DOCUMENTED.
    9. NO MOBILE PHONES IN CLASS.

    GRADING:

    Interviews 10
    Trip Quiz 20
    Diary 20
    Exams 20
    Valencia CDS 30

    INTELLECTUAL DIARY:
    Perhaps the most beautiful part of the course, this exercise permits private intellectual exchange between the student and the professor. The student may feel free to write about anything relating to literature, their experience in Spain, or life in general. Three pages per week should be written by the student. Diaries will be written in castellano. Intellectual diaries will be submitted every other Thursday to my email by midnight.

    CULTURE TRIP QUIZZES:
    The quiz will cover all major aspects of the Barcelona trip. All information will come directly from the guides, or from group discussions involving the culture class and its professor. These quizzes will be celebrated one week after the trip.

    VALENCIA Cd´S
    During the first week students will be given a list of historical and cultural sites in Valencia that they must visit. Students will need a good map of Valencia.

    For each place the following criteria is applied:

    1. Address
    2. Telephone number or WWW address
    3. Transportation to get there.
    4. Physical description
    5. Historical significance
    6. It´s present function and importance
    7. Summary of a conversation that the student has had there with a native speaker (no FSU native speakers or program participants permitted).

    The class will visit many of these sites. Some will be the responsibility of the student. You will need to immerse yourself in the language and the culture to get the project done.

    These Cd´s are important for the final grade. The final grade will be based on the quality of information, aesthetic appearance, content, photos, colors or any other supporting materials used that may be deemed appropriate. Effort is extremely important and will be considered.
    FAQ´S:

    1. What if I do not have a conversation with anyone at the site?
    If you do not have a conversation, then no problem. However at least try to.
    2. Can I use a pen drive or do a in class power point instead of a CD?
    In the words of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll, ?Whatever it takes.? However, the product should be done with the highest quality of work, and not left for the last minute.
    3. How many sites do I need to do?
    As a member of an advanced class you are like a crack commando unit, so you will be treated like Graduate Students and be expected to work like them. You have Zones A, B, and C. You will do 7 sites from each for a total of 21.

    INTERVIEWS:
    In the oral the students will be asked to do a series of interviews with a Spanish citizen. The topic and a script for the interview will be given to the student. The topics will be wide-ranged: politics, the Royal family, domestic violence, immigration, etc. All interviews will follow a system of guidelines specified at the end of the syllabus. (NO NATIVE SPEAKING STUDENTS OR WORKERS OF FSU PERMITTED)

    EXAMS:
    There will be two exams in the course. Each will be multiple choice and cover aspects of the content of the course.

    ADA POLICY:
    Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center of their home campus. The student must also bring an official letter to the instructor and the Student Service Dept. of FSU Spain in Valencia indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This must be done during the first week of instruction.

    ACADEMIC HONOR SYSTEM:
    All students will be expected to uphold and abide to the Academic Honor System as outlined in the FSU General Bulletin. FSU is an equal opportunity university that permits all of its students to equally take part in its programs, services, and educational offerings.

    DISABILITIES:
    If you have a disability that impedes the learning or test taking process, documentation must be provided to the professor. The Florida State University is an equal opportunity institution. Please consult the FSU Student Handbook for any questions or concerns regarding your issues as students.

    GRADING SCALE:
    100-95 A; 94-92 A-; 91-89 B+; 88-85 B; 84-80 B-; 79-77 C+; 76-74 C; 73-70 C; 69-67 D+; 66-64 D; 63-60 D-; 59-0 F

    PEDAGOGY:
    The professor reserves the right to change the syllabus due to pedagogical reasons, class behavior, or when unique opportunities present themselves.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations